Raikkonen to move from Ferrari to Sauber for 2019
After eight seasons with Ferrari, and having been the last man to claim a drivers’ title for the Scuderia, it’s been confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will not be wearing red for the 2019 Formula 1 season, instead returning to the Sauber team that gave him his F1 debut back in 2001.
Ferrari announced that Raikkonen would ‘step down from his current role’ for 2019, with Sauber going on to confirm that the Finn would return to the Swiss team on a two-year deal. The move effectively marks a swap between Raikkonen and current Sauber driver Charles Leclerc, with the 20-year-old Monegasque now set to become one of the youngest drivers in the Scuderia’s history.
“Signing Kimi Raikkonen as our driver represents an important pillar of our project, and brings us closer to our target of making significant progress as a team in the near future,” said Sauber Team Principal Frederic Vasseur.